Neymar suffered a sickening head blow after Colombia defender Davison Sanchez forced his face into a pitch-side advertising board on his return to Brazil action.

The former Barcelona striker made a goalscoring return by netting the equalizer for his national football team but was then denied a penalty as he appeared to be pushed off the pitch by Sanchez.

TV replays showed the superstar now playing for Paris Saint-Germain crashing headfirst into the advertising board and then laid on the side of the pitch in pain.

In spite of being denied what looked like a blatant penalty, luckily the forward was able to pick up himself and continued to play the full 90 minutes.

It was his second-half strike which earned a draw for Brazil against Colombia as the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star made an impressive return to action.

Neymar had not played for country or club since injuring his right foot in a friendly against Qatar last June, a heartbreaking setback which ultimately ruled him out of Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign.

In spite of missing that successful triumph, he still had a busy summer since he attempted to push through a summer move.

Although Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain back in 2017, in a world record £189million switch, he was looking for a fresh start before Europe’s summer transfer window slammed shut last Monday.

Though a move failed to materialize, by linking up with his international team-mates, Neymar was able to put the saga behind him.

It proved to be a memorable return to competitive action when the rivals of South America played out an entertaining draw at Hard Rock Stadium.

Luis Muriel became the first Colombian to score 2 goals against Brazil after having netted twice in the first half; however, goals from Casemiro and Neymar gave Brazil a 2-2 draw in an entertaining match in Miami.